- Know what’s on your device. Do an inventory of all the applications that are on your devices. Consider deleting what you don’t use.
- Check the privacy settings. It’s a good idea to check the privacy settings of apps, devices, and online accounts periodically. You could, for example, review privacy settings when you get a notice from a company telling you that their privacy policies have changed.
- Make sure any software and applications are up to date. This includes your apps, web browsers, and operating systems. Set updates to happen automatically.
- Check the security of your home router. Make sure you’re using a router that has WPA2 or WPA3 encryption to protect the information you share over your wireless network. Public Wi-Fi is not secure, so take precautions if you need to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
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